ALFRED N’DIAYE does NOT expect to return to Sunderland in the January transfer window, according to sources close to the player.
Midfielder N’Diaye was surprisingly allowed to join Turkish side Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan during the summer, despite showing signs of improvement after arriving at the Stadium of Light in a £3.5million switch six months earlier.
A January recall clause was inserted into the deal and Sunderland have considered activating it, even though they would have to compensate Eskisehirspor for the loan fee they shelled out to sign the 23-year-old in July.
But the Echo understands there has so far been no contact between Sunderland and N’Diaye’s camp and the Senegal international is expected to complete his full season in Turkey.
A source close to N’Diaye said: “Honestly, I don’t see Alfred going back to Sunderland in January.”
Former head coach Paolo Di Canio sanctioned N’Diaye’s departure during the summer, despite the powerful midfielder starting every game under the Italian.
N’Diaye was given little explanation as to why he was not in Di Canio’s plans and was surprised to be made available.
But he has enjoyed his stint back in Turkey and has forced his way into the international frame; making his debut for Senegal in October.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is keeping quiet over whether N’Diaye or Danny Graham, who joined Hull on a season-long loan in the summer, will form part of his plans for the Black Cats to beat the drop.
Poyet said: “I’ve thought about it. I’m not going to give out too much information, but people will know in January.
“Every issue is on my mind. We’re having meetings practically every day.”
But Graham is also expected to remain on loan for the entire campaign, rather than returning to Wearside in January.
Graham netted his first goal since January earlier this month and Hull boss Steve Bruce has raised concerns about Sunderland recalling the 28-year-old.
But with Gus Poyet primarily favouring one striker and both Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher is available, Graham is likely to remain at the KC Stadium after revealing last week that he hadn’t received any contact from his parent club.
Graham said: “I have not spoken to anyone at Sunderland. I have not spoken to the new manager, obviously it was Paulo who sent me out on loan.”